Blog Series – Part 1: Understanding Blockchain in Utilities

Blog Series – Part 1: Understanding Blockchain in Utilities

Most have heard of Bitcoin – the cryptocurrency currently rising in popularity and stock, and a hot topic of conversation. Bitcoin was created in 2008 as the world’s first decentralized digital currency by Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin is the poster child for blockchain technology, but its rise to stardom raises questions regarding its role in various industries outside of banking and...

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Blog Series – Part 3: DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

Blog Series – Part 3: DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

Identifying Alternative Solutions for Grid Resiliency  In this third blog in a series examining the Department of Energy (DOE)’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR), we will look at other market solutions to enhance grid resiliency. The NOPR argues electric generation resources with an abundant (specifically 90-day) fuel supply on-site are undervalued in terms of their value to the grid.…

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Blog Series – Part 1: DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

Blog Series – Part 1: DOE’s Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule

A Wrench in the Wholesale Electricity Market On September 28, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) titled, “Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule.” This first blog in a series summarizes the NOPR and discusses the fundamental issue behind the rule: The DOE seeks action within 60 days (by November 27, 2017) from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...

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Enabling the Next Generation Grid: The Potential of Energy Storage

Enabling the Next Generation Grid: The Potential of Energy Storage

All of us experience what amounts to “magic” in our daily lives: Every time we flip a switch to turn our lights on they do so instantly. The electric grid is one of humankind’s greatest engineering marvels, balancing electrical supply and demand within a close tolerance at every point along the network to keep our economy and modern way of life running at full speed.…

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Technology is the great multitasking enabler. Is that a good thing?

Technology is the great multitasking enabler. Is that a good thing?

These days it seems rare that we can give a single task our undivided attention. Whether we’re firing off last-minute emails during a meeting or sending IMs while on a call, multitasking has become a workplace norm. While many of us take pride in our ability to juggle many activities at once, research shows that multitasking is virtually impossible and leads to a decrease in productivity.…

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A Glimpse into the Future: What California’s Utility Regulations Portends for Other States

A Glimpse into the Future: What California’s Utility Regulations Portends for Other States

California is a national leader in progressively addressing the energy and environmental issues of our time. The state is home to nearly half of the country’s solar photovoltaic capacity, half of the nation’s plug-in electric vehicles, and has more energy storage capacity than any other state. A quarter of the state’s retail electricity sales are from renewable energy resources, and this...

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Understanding How the Telecommunication Carriers’ Transition to IP Impacts Utilities

As discussed in the past, the Plain Old Telephone System (POTS), or as some people call it, the Copper Phone Network is going away.  With it will be all of the legacy communications methods the carriers use that are not Ethernet based.   This is due to the proliferation of cellular phones and mobility eliminating the need for a tethered connection.  …

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